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. (november 2018)
johnson's new chart of national emblems
, published c. 1868. the large flags shown in the corners are the 37-star flag of the united states
(flown 1867–1877), the royal standard of the united kingdom
, the russian imperial standard
, and the french tricolore
with inset imperial eagle
. various other flags flown by ships are shown. the flag of cuba
is labelled "cuban (so called)
". the chinese dragon
on the flag of china
was drawn mistakenly as a western dragon
a national flag is a flag that represents and symbolizes a country. the national flag is flown by the government of a country, but can usually also be flown by citizens of the country. a national flag is designed with specific meanings for its colours and symbols. the colours of the national flag may be worn by the people of a nation to show their patriotism, or related paraphernalia that show the symbols or colours of the flag may be used for those purposes.
the design of a national flag may be altered after the occurrence of important historical events. the burning or destruction of a national flag is a greatly symbolic act.